nullSPRINGFIELD, IL – Senator William Haine (D – Alton) voted in the Senate Executive Committee in support of merging the Offices of the Treasurer and Comptroller, a move that would save taxpayers millions of dollars in operating costs.

“Consolidating the Offices of the Treasurer and Comptroller is a sound approach to reduce costs and will save the taxpayers of Illinois in excess of $13 million per year,” Haine said.

The Office of the Comptroller was first created in the 1970 Illinois Constitution as a direct response to the actions of Orville Hodge, a Madison County Republican, who embezzled over $1.5 million as the Auditor of Public Accounts during the 1950s.

“With the computerization of records and the ability of the Office of the Inspector General to oversee accounting practices and procedures, there are sufficient checks and balances to safeguard the People’s finances,” Haine stated.

Over time, the Offices of the Treasurer and the Comptroller began to overlap, resulting in redundant duties and responsibilities.

SJRCA 13 eliminates the Offices of the Comptroller and the Treasurer and creates the Comptroller of the Treasury.  The Comptroller of the Treasury would maintain all records and State contracts, oversee investment accounts, and disburse state funds.

“This proposal was brought forth at the recommendation of Republican Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka and Republican Comptroller Dan Rutherford,” Haine stated.

“This is a good government measure with broad bipartisan support and I strongly support it,” Haine added.

SJRCA 13 passed the Senate Executive Committee unanimously and awaits action on the Senate floor.

If approved by the voters, this amendment is effective upon the conclusion of the current terms of the Comptroller and the Treasurer.


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